The Winter Olympics are finally here. It’s a magical time where we non-athletic folks get to sit on our couches and wonder how these athletes haven’t died atop a mountain while skiing down the slopes or frozen their butts off while bobsledding. It is so cold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea that Olympians have had to throw away their frozen, unusable skis. There are reports of hypothermia and temperatures in the single digits!
And yet, through the tundra, through the snow, through the unbearable cold, one man remains:
The Winter Games just got hotter.
Sure, this slab of man-meat has a name. It’s Pita Taufatofua, and you might remember him from his previous shirtless, oily appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. If there is two things this Tongan flag bearer likes it’s replacing his shirt with baby oil and carrying his country’s flag no matter the chance of frostbite.
It was 32˚F at the Opening Ceremonies, but this guy knows his lane and he is staying in it.
Me, if I was an Olympic judge:
Taufatofua is actually much more than a set of oily abs (no, really, I’m not just saying that) he competed in the 2016 Olympics in taekwondo, but he took up cross-country skiing to be the only Tongan at this year’s games and the very first athlete from his country to participate in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 9, 2018
Judging by his outfit, his country isn’t necessarily accustomed to bundling up for sports.
Twitter was…not mad at it.
Even athletes are wearing heavy jackets, the Tonga flagbearer still oiled up and shirtless… Props to him #OpeningCeremony
— Catherine Nguyen (@cmdnguyen) February 9, 2018
Wanna give the guy from Tonga a warming hug. Despite the oil.. or because of. #PyongChang2018
— Verena Rollez (@Verena2607) February 9, 2018
CHANGED MY MIND IM SUPPORTING TONGA
— Harry Smith (@velocityvenom) February 9, 2018
Mmmhmmm, yep. pic.twitter.com/SUEZxJY01L
— SporadicallyFabulous (@SporadicallyFab) February 9, 2018
YES TONGA YES
— Gretchen T (@gretchent4771) February 9, 2018
Whoever is running the official Olympics Twitter was even shook:
— Olympics (@Olympics) February 9, 2018
Although some were worried he was going to get a little chilly:
This fella from Tonga didn't get the memo though. pic.twitter.com/jThbFdrieS
— ByTheMinute ⏱ (@itsByTheMinute) February 9, 2018
Bermuda: Its not that cold. We can wear shorts.
— Nick Murray (@NickMurray91) February 9, 2018
Has anyone checked him for frostbite? If not…
Let’s take a look at the hottest male athletes who went for the gold in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics.